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Celebrating Philly Volunteers at the Mayor's Day of Service Recognition

April 4, 2019


On Wednesday, April 3, Mayor Kenney recognized 25 Philadelphia volunteers and national service members during the 7th Annual Mayor’s Day of Service Recognition Award Ceremony.


Each year, Philly joins more than 4,000 cities and towns nationwide to celebrate the impact of national and volunteer service. Mayor's Honorees were nominated by family, friends, and peers for their dedication to being a force for positive change in Philadelphia. Additional honors were presented for the Service Spotlight and United Way Service Awards.

2019 Honorees


The Mayor’s Distinguished National Service Award recognizes individuals currently serving in AmeriCorps or Senior Corps programs that have gone above and beyond the requirements of their programs.

  • Destiny Brew: Destiny is serving as the AmeriCorps Program Empowerment Director with the DREAM Program, leading a team of 30 student volunteers from Temple University to serve as mentors to youth living in affordable housing communities in North Philadelphia.

  • Aaron Cook: Aaron is a second-year City Year corps member at the William D. Kelley Elementary School, serving as an academic coach for students and leading diversity and inclusion initiatives for City Year.

  • Carolyn Moses: Carolyn is a second-year AARP Foundation Experience Corps Volunteer Team Leader serving at William McKinley Elementary School, providing one-on-one literacy tutoring to students & supervising a team of 6 other tutors and mentors.


The Mayor’s Distinguished National Service Alumni Award is awarded to alumni of national service programs who have continued to lead a life of service.

  • Alexander Allen: Alexander served for two terms with PowerCorpsPHL and continues to serve as a mentor in his community.

  • Brandon Holiday: Brandon served as an AmeriCorps member with YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School and currently works as a site coordinator with Education Works at Overbrook High School.

  • Danielle Landy: Danielle served in AmeriCorps Capacity Corps with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia and now supports volunteers at Rebuilding Together’s Block Build events. She also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity & Women Against Abuse.


The Mayor’s Youth Hero Award honors youth who have made an impact in their communities through service.

  • Daisy McDonagh: Daisy runs a cultural travel workshop for youth (which she developed) as a volunteer with Mighty Writers. She attends MaST Community Charter School and Community College of Philadelphia.

  • Alex Lopez: Alex is a volunteer with Philly Reading Coaches (city-led OST Program), reading with students as Cramp Elementary School in Kensington several times per week after-school. He attends Mastbaum High School.

  • Winnie Zheng: Winnie has been a volunteer with the Youth Volunteer Corps throughout her high school career, serving on the organization’s Youth Advisory Board and leading the Youth Volunteer Program at her school. She attends Masterman High School.


The Mayor’s Philly Hero Award recognizes Philadelphians who have made an impact in their communities.

  • Lamont Brown: Lamont is the founder of the Kickback Foundation, a Southwest Philadelphia non-profit that organizes community festivals, concerts, food/clothing drives and social events for seniors.

  • Kinji Ridley: Kinji is the founder of Community Solutions CDC. He works with local vendors in West Philadelphia to recover food and distribute it for free to neighbors in need.

  • Sally Poliwoda: Sally is a nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the leader of the Community Nurse Advocacy Fellowship, a program that places skills-based CHOP nurses in homeless shelters, schools, and other local non-profits to serve the community.

The Service Spotlight is reserved for volunteer groups that are making an impact toward specific causes.


The United Way Service Awards are given to members of the corporate community dedicated to serving Philadelphia and providing resources towards the city’s most pressing issues.

  • SEPA Volunteer of the Year: Chris Bruner (Managing Partner, Ernst & Young Philadelphia)

  • John C. Haas Regional Champion Medal: Michael DiCandilo (Former CFO & executive VP, AmeriSourceBergen Corporation)

  • UGI/AmeriGas Award for Excellence: John L. Walsh, Jr. (CEO/Vice Chairman, UGI/AmeriGas)

Congratulations to all of these volunteers. Thank you for taking time out of your day to celebrate with us, and for the work you do every day to improve the lives of those around you.




Feeling inspired? Learn how a year of service can fit into your career with our Serve Philadelphia VISTA program.

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